Chaplain Thomas F. With

Chief Chaplain (2022 - 2024)

  
    
      Thomas With was appointed to Director of Region 6 East in April 2016, before being elected 2nd Deputy Chief Chaplain in April 2018. He serves the Fuller Road FD of Colonie NY, as their Chaplain since 2001, an Interior Firefighter and Safety Officer. Offices previously held were Fire Police Lt., 1st and 2nd Lt., and Captain in charge of Training. Tom also serves on the Town of Colonie Emergency Services Committee as Operations CAR 8, assisting specifically the Town Fire Police, since 1996. He is a Past President of the Hudson Mohawk VFA; the Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of NY; The Fire Police Association of Albany County; and, Past Chairman of the NYS Fire Service Council 2006-2007. He is current Chairman of the Albany County Burn Fund; current Director at Large for the VFPASNY; 2018 appointment FASNY Asst. Sgt. At Arms; and, Past County Vice-President in the Hudson Valley VFA. Tom is also recipient of his Fire Department’s Firefighter of the Year, Hudson Valley VFA Fire Police Officer of the Year, and, was honored by the Volunteer Fire Police Assn. of the State of New York with their annual seminar now titled as the “Annual Thomas With Fire Police Training Seminar”, held at the New York State Fire Academy. He is currently a member of FASNY; NYS Fire Chiefs; Hudson Mohawk VFA; Hudson Valley VFA; Cumberland Valley VFA; The Fire Police Association of Albany County; Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of New York; Volunteer Fire Judging Association; the Royal Order of Blues Vests; New York State Fire Service Council; the National Volunteer Fire Council; and, of course the New York State Association of Fire Chaplains.
 
Tom's Contact Information:
tomwith@hotmail.com
518-378-7074 (c)(text)
34 Woodside Avenue
Albany, NY 12205 
 
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Chaplain Richard G. Bolster

1st Deputy Chief Chaplain

  
  

Chaplain Richard “Dick” Bolster has 59 years of New York State fire service. He began his service to the community in 1964 at West Glens Falls Fire Department where he rose in the ranks from a young member, to EMT, then First Assistance Chief. Taking only time off to service his country as a Vietnam Era Veteran. After working as a construction foreman for Verizon, to prepare for the 1980 Olympics, he settled in Malone with his family where he then become a members of the Malone Fire Department. For the past 41 years, he has continued his dedication to the community and fire service, including the positions of Director, Vice President and President. Chaplain Bolster has carried the title of Chaplain, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) leader, Fire Police and is currently County Car 14 with Franklin County Emergency Services. He is a proud honorary member of several surrounding fire departments in the county.

Throughout the nearly past six decades of his fire service, Chaplain Bolster has carried many titles including Chief Chaplain for the Fire Police Association of the State New York for the past 10 years, member of FASNY, past chaplain for the NNYVFA and life member of NYS Association of Fire Chiefs. He is also a member of the NYS Fire Service Council. Offices held with NYS AFC are Northern Area Director, At Large Director for the state, 2nd Deputy Chief Chaplain and he currently holds the position of 1st Deputy Chief Chaplain.

Dick's Contact Information:
rgbolster@yahoo.com
518-569-3124 (c)(text)
46 Shova Road
Malone, NY 12953 
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Chaplain Joseph P. McCarthy

2nd Deputy Chief Chaplain

 
 
Chaplain Joseph McCarthy was appointed to the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Fire Chaplains, Inc. at the October 8, 2018 Board of Directors meeting as our New York State At Large Director. He then served as a Regional Director. Joe has been involved in the Volunteer Fire and EMS Services for 37 years and has served as the Southold F.D. 2nd Lt., 1st Lt. and Captain of the Rescue Squad, Hook and Ladder, Fire Police, Chief Driver of Ambulance, E.M.T.D.I., and Chair and Co-Chair of many Fundraising and Beneficial activities.

Chaplain McCarthy has received the Firefighter of the Year Award and belongs to the Firefighter’s Memorial Executive Committee, Fire Chief’s Council of Suffolk County, serving as Senior Chaplain, Co-Chaplain for the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Association, Chaplain for the Southampton Town Fire Chiefs Council, Chaplain for the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance Corps, and is a Team Leader for Suffolk County Emergency Services Critical Incident Stress Management Team (C.I.S.M. Team)

Joe is a former Child Care Worker for Hearing Impaired, Developmentally Disabled Children and is a former Safety Technician at a Federal Facility. He is also a longtime NYS Licensed Real Estate Broker, and is a former member of his local Town Affordable Housing Committee and a Commissioner of the Southold Town Historic Preservation Commission.

He has been a lifelong advocate for the disadvantaged.

He is the Senior Chaplain of the Fire Chiefs Council of Suffolk County, which represents 109 Fire Departments and he joined our association in 2013.

Now in the position of 2nd Deputy Chief Chaplain, Joe looks forward to his continuing efforts to move our Organization into a strong position going into the Future, by supporting existing Chaplains and recruiting new members.

Joe’s contact information:
jomaceb@aol.com
(631) 765-0005 (home)
(631) 740-1743 (cell-voice and text)
PO Box 554
Southold, NY 11971-0554
 
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Chaplain Leon I. VanWie

Supply Officer 

 
 

Chaplain Leon I. VanWie was the Chief Chaplain for the New York State Association of Fire Chaplains, Inc. from 2020 - 2022. He retired in 2017 after serving 44 years as a United Methodist pastor serving churches in western, central and northern New York. Rev. VanWie has been active in the fire service since 1976 and was an EMT for over 15 years. Currently he is the Chaplain and President for the Town of Watertown Volunteer Fire Department and is Chaplain for the City of Watertown Fire Department. He also serves as Jefferson County Car 51, along with Chaplain Sam Lundy, as a Deputy Fire Coordinator for chaplain services. He also belongs to numerous county and state fire organizations.

Leon's Contact Information:
leonvanwie@gmail.com
315-771-9142 (voice)(text)
 
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Chaplain William A. Miles 

Executive Secretary

Past Chief Chaplain (2006-2008) 

 

Bill's Contact Information:

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Chaplain David Quinn

Treasurer

 

David Quinn interest in public service has resulted in a lifelong commitment to serving his community. From serving multiple community organizations in many roles, this service has become central to his life. This included serving as a volunteer EMT and Treasurer with the Castleton Ambulance, Interior firefighter and Fire Chief with the South Schodack Fire Department where he has served as their Department Chaplain for over 25 years. He was a Fire District Commissioner with the Stuyvesant Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 as well as a County EMS Operations and MCI Coordinator for Rensselaer County. He also served as one of the county’s fire chaplains.

He brings over thirty years of experience in non-profit management; He served as the Chief Administrative Officer of The Firemen’s Association of The State of New York where he is recognized for helping to create the foundation that fostered the organization’s growth. David continues to serve as the only Treasurer of the FASNY Museum of Firefighting in Hudson since its creation in 2003, and as Treasurer of the New York State Association of Fire Chaplains. David managed the Albany Rural Cemetery as their General Manager, was the Sr. Director of Finance/HR/ and Business Operations at the Olana Partnership and Historic site in Columbia County and currently is the Grants Manager for Hudson Valley Community College in Troy New York where he originally began his higher education. David is currently serving as a town council member with the town of Stuyvesant where he lives with his wife Jamie and Molly the Museum dog Dalmatian.

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Chaplain Thomas J. Flander, Jr.

Regional Director – North Central

 

Chaplain Thomas J. Flander, Jr. is the Director of Region 4 North Central for the New York State Association of Fire Chaplains, Inc. He currently serves as Pastor of the Glen Reformed Church in the Hamlet of Glen, NY. He is also employed with the New York State Department of Transportation. Pastor Tom has been active in the EMS and fire service since 1996. He currently serves as Captain / Chaplain for the Town of Mohawk Volunteer Fire Department that resides outside of the Village of Fonda in Montgomery County, NY. Pastor Tom also serves on the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) for Montgomery County Emergency Management. Chaplain Flander can be reached through the New York State Association of Fire Chaplains.

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Chaplain Clarice Murphy

New York State At Large Director

 
 
  
 
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Chaplain Robert H. Ruston

Regional Director – South East

 

Chaplain Robert Ruston joined the NYS Association of Fire Chaplains in 1986, and has served as a Director of the Association since 2013. Beginning his fire service in 1955 with the New Hampshire Forest Fire Service while in a prominent school. Returning home to Bronxville, NY in 1956 he became a member of the City of Yonkers Auxiliary FD in which he was a recipient of a NYS Civilian Award. In 1958, Bob joined the Eastchester Fire Department’s Bronxville Engine & Hose Company rapidly rising to the office of Captain. He also became President of the EFD’s Officers’ Association. During this period, he often rode with FDNY’s Engine 82 and Ladder 31 in the Bronx. In 1971 he transferred from the Eastchester FD to the Somers Volunteer Fire Department in which he achieved the positions of Lieutenant of its rescue/ambulance as an EMT, as well as in the Department’s Fire Police. He is a Life Member of the Somers VFD, and served the Department as its Secretary for a period of fifteen years. He is the Department’s Chaplain. Bob had joined the Westchester County Volunteer Firemen’s Association when he was a member of the Bronxville Eng. & Hose Company. In 1981 he became its Secretary, a position he held for thirty-five years. He also was a representative to the Westchester County EMS Council. He continues in the Association as a Life Member serving as Chaplain since 1986, and also on its EMS and Fire Police committees. In 2012, Bob was awarded a Certificate of Special Commendation by the United States Congress in recognition for his outstanding community services that encompassed his volunteer activities throughout the State and the Hudson Valley. Bob is a Chaplain with the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association, also serving its Fire Police Committee. Since the late 1970’s, he continues as a Director of the New York State Volunteer Ambulance & Rescue Association, and is also the Secretary of its District Five in Orange County. He has served nearly 48 years as a member of FASNY, and roughly 23 years with the Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of New York (VFPASNY), in which he is Chairman of the southern Hudson Valley Region. He also serves the State Association as one of its chaplains. Bob is a Director, as well as a chaplain in the Dutchess County Volunteer Firemen’s Association. In Dutchess, he is also a member of the Volunteer Fire Police Association, serving as its Secretary (30 years), and chaplain. He is also Chaplain of the Volunteer Fire Police Association of Ulster County.

Bob's Contact Information:
rrusto@aol.com
845-569-2101 (telephone)
845-569-2102 (fax)
10 Howard Drive
Newburgh, NY 12550
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Chaplain Dennis Hand

Regional Director – West

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Chaplain Gordon Hadsell

Regional Director – East

 
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Chaplain Flavia Skilbred

Regional Director - North

  

Dr. Skilbred serves in the Clinton County Firefighter’s Association out of Plattsburgh, NY.  The CCFA serves in Clinton County, NY, Grand Isle, VT and Quebec, Canada.  She also serves a chaplain in the NYS Department of Corrections.  Dr. Skilbred also has additional training in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T, in NY AND MD), ASSIST suicide prevention training, psychological first aid, crime scene preservation and Stop the Bleed.  She has served in Western New York and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  Her philosophy is that continuing education is important.  As chaplains we serve a variety of individuals, in a variety of places and situations.  It is important to meet and serve people where and who they are and not try to make them fit into a preconceived mold.  Therefore continuing education is imperative.  She is also a member of the Federation of Fire Chaplains, National Volunteer Fire Council and FASNY.

 Flavia's Contact Information:
Cadyville, NY
518-492-3113
 
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Chaplain James Corl

Regional Director – Central

 
 
 
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Chaplain Spencer P. Kennedy

Regional Director - West Central

 
 
 
Chaplain Spencer Kennedy, West Central Director Chaplain for the New York State Association of Fire Chaplains, Inc. He retired in 1990 as a Command Sergeant after serving 21 years in the Town of Brighton Police Department, Rochester, NY. Chaplain Kennedy has been active in the Fire Service since 1980 and was an EMT for over 6 years as a Police Sergeant, NYS Certified 1st Responder Volunteer Fire Fighter, reaching the Rank of Captain. Currently he is the Assistant to the Chaplain and Captain of the Fire Police Unit for the Brighton Volunteer Fire Department in Rochester, NY. Chaplain Kennedy joined the NYS Chaplains Organization in 2008 and serves on the Board of Directors. He  the West Central Director Serving a six county area (Monroe, Livingston, Steuben, Yates, Ontario and Wayne Counties). He also belongs to numerous county and state fire organizations and is a Life Member of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs. Chaplain Kennedy is a Member and Ordained Deacon in the Greater Consistory of Trinity Reformed Church in Brighton, NY.
 
Spence's Contact Information:
spence.kennedy@brightonfd.org
spknjk@frontiernet.net
585-442-7223 
 
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Chaplain Steven Muhlenbruck

Regional Director - South

 
 
 
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 Past Chief Chaplains

Chaplain Leon I. VanWie

Immediate Past Chief Chaplain (2020-2022) 

 
 

Chaplain Leon I. VanWie was the Chief Chaplain for the New York State Association of Fire Chaplains, Inc. from 2020 - 2022. He retired in 2017 after serving 44 years as a United Methodist pastor serving churches in western, central and northern New York. Rev. VanWie has been active in the fire service since 1976 and was an EMT for over 15 years. Currently he is the Chaplain and President for the Town of Watertown Volunteer Fire Department and is Chaplain for the City of Watertown Fire Department. He also serves as Jefferson County Car 51, along with Chaplain Sam Lundy, as a Deputy Fire Coordinator for chaplain services. He also belongs to numerous county and state fire organizations.

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Chaplain William Mayo

Chief Chaplain (2018-2020)

 
 
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Chaplain James Van Houten
Chief Chaplain (2016-2018)